Partnering for Impact: Government-Nonprofit Contracting Task Forces Produce Results for Taxpayers
Nonprofits and governments can reduce their own costs, improve services provided to constituents, and return greater value to taxpayers by creating government-nonprofit task forces to develop and implement recommendations to reform contracting practices and procedures. That is the key finding of a new report by the National Council of Nonprofits, which conducted an extensive analysis of joint task forces in nine states charged with rooting out waste while maintaining and even enhancing accountability.
The report, Partnering for Impact: Government-Nonprofit Contracting Task Forces Produce Results for Taxpayers, provides a first ever how-to guide for nonprofit leaders and government officials wanting to streamline the government-nonprofit contracting process. It also provides practical guides for building collaborative relationships with government officials and offers details on the most frequently cited solutions that task forces recommend to improve the contracting process.
Key Resources from State Task Forces Highlighted in Partnering for Impact
- Legislation: Special Act No. 10-5: An Act Establishing a Commission on Nonprofit Health and Human Services (2010).
- Report: State of Connecticut Commission on Nonprofit Health and Human Services Final Report (March 2011).
- Report: Connecticut Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services, Connecticut Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services October 2012 Report.
- Legislation: Hawai’i Legislature, Senate Concurrent Resolution 40 (2012).
- Report: Hawai’i State Legislature, Interim Report of the Government Contracting Task Force (Formerly the Prompt Payment Task Force) to the Legislature for the Regular Session of 2013 (2013).
- Legislation: Illinois General Assembly, Public Act 096-1141 (2010).
- Report: Illinois Department of Human Services, Streamlined Auditing and Monitoring of Community Based Services: First Steps Toward a More Effective System for Providers, State Government, and the Community (2010).
- Background: No enabling legislation. Maine Association of Nonprofits is working directly with the Commissioner ofHealth and Human Services.
- Legislation to implement recommendation for deemed status: State of Maine, Mental Health Licensing.
- Legislation: Maryland Legislature, HB 217 Council for the Procurement of Health, Education, and Social Services (2012).
- Report: Maryland Procurement Task Force, State of Maryland Taskforce Report to the Governor and General Assembly on Procurement of Health, Education, and Social Services (2011).
- Executive Order: New Jersey Governor’s Office, Executive Order 41 (2010).
- Report: Red Tape Review Commission Report (2012)
- Nonprofit Recommendations: Center for Non-Profits, Statement and Recommendations to the Red Tape Review Commission (2011).
- Nonprofit Recommendations: Center for Non-Profits, Strengthening Program Delivery By Improving the Contracting System for Non-Profit and Provider Agencies (2012).
- Background: No enabling legislation. New York Council of Nonprofits and the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York have worked directly with the Attorney General's and Governor’s offices.
- Report: New York Attorney General’s Leadership Committee, Revitalizing Nonprofits: Renewing New York (2012).
- Background: No enabling legislation. North Carolina Center for Nonprofits is working directly with state agencies.
- Report: North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, Government Contracting with Nonprofits: Solutions Emerging for a Broken System (2011).
- Legislation - 2009: Texas Legislature, House Bill 492 (2009).
- Report - 2010: Texas Task Force on Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity, Task Force on Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity: Report and Legislative Recommendations to the 81st Texas Legislature (2010).
- Legislation - 2011: Texas Legislature, House Bill 1965 (2011).
- Report – 2012: Texas Task Force on Improving Relations with Nonprofits, Report & Legislative Recommendations to the 83rd Texas Legislature (2012).